It is believed that the dog, perhaps abandoned, was seeking warmth when he happened upon the illegally-dumped tar — not realizing that, upon lying down atop it, he would become hopelessly stuck.
No one knows how long the dog had been there, but it was clear he wouldn't have survived much longer. His spirit was quickly fading.
Godlewska was joined by a crew from the local fire department to assist in getting him out. As they worked, a glimmer of hope appeared in the trapped pup's eyes.
"He understood that we were saving him," Godlewska said.